Online Program

“Hookin' Up”: Dating preference and sexual practices of San Francisco Bay Area API Young Adults

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Robynn Battle, MPH, EdD, Prevention Research Center, Oakland, CA
Shristi Reddy, MPH, Prevention, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc, South San Francisco, CA
Daniel Toleran, MS, Prevention, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc, South San Francisco, CA
Carmen Chen, B.S., Department of Health Promotion, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA
Andrea Rufo, BS, Prevention, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc, South San Francisco, CA
Jimmy Quach, BA, Prevention, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc, South San Francisco, CA
Phillip Gardiner, DrPH, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, University of California Office of the President, Oakland, CA
Background:  Several studies have confirmed associations between sexual attitudes, peer norms and positive intentions and sexual practices among college-age young adults.  Such studies often do not focus on Asian Pacific Islander (A&PI) or their dating and sexual practices.  Limited information warrants exploration of A&PI dating preferences (attitudes and peer norms) and sexual practices as San Francisco (SF) Bay Area data indicates that new HIV infection rates among the local A&PI population is eight times higher than the national rate.  

Methods: Using snowball and convenience sampling, 466 A&PI  aged 18-24 residing in four SF Bay Area counties completed a risk behavior screening survey targeting at risk A&PI young adults from two public universities, community, club, and HIV testing events. The abstract sample focuses on Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Multi-Ethnic/Racial (MER).  Chi-square statistics were used to determine associations between ethnicity, dating preferences and protective sexual practices.

Results:  MER had the highest percentage for preference of a sexual partner not like themselves, while Filipinos had the highest percentage for a preference of a sexual partner like themselves (p=.00).  Filipinos had the lowest rates for protected vaginal sex, while MER had the highest rates (p=.00).  For non-like partners, MER still had the highest rates for protected vaginal sex (p=.00).

Conclusions: Sexual partner preference was strongly associated with the MER.  Filipinos exhibited lowest rates of protective vaginal sex, with a stronger preference for same-ethnicity sexual partner.  Findings may suggest that young Filipinos believe dating within one’s own ethnic group as a safer “sexual” practice.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Identify sexual practices as they relate to ethnic preference of sexual partner among Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) young adults Assess current social norms around sexual health practices among A&PI young adults

Keyword(s): Asian Americans, Sexuality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a trained behavioral scientist and have done community evaluation work in sexual health for at least 15 years, and mores specifically sexual health work among the Asian and Pacific Islander community for the past 10 years. The abstract is based on my most recent evaluation endeavors in documenting the impact of a sexual health program for young Asian and Pacific Islander adults. And I have no conflicts of interest to reveal.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.